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Ed Silverstein

Ed Silverstein

Senior Legal Reporter: Gaming Law, Tribal Gaming, Crime, Gaming Research. An award-winning journalist with credits ranging from the Associated Press to American Lawyer Media, Ed joined the news team in 2019 with decades of legal reporting expertise under his belt. His past reporting and editing assignments include Cowles Business Media, Columbia University Press, the Connecticut Post, and Southern Connecticut Newspapers, Inc. Besides the law and its application to the gaming industry, Ed’s areas of expertise span business, courts, crime, politics, education, and state and local government. With an undergraduate degree from the University of Connecticut (where he now lives), and master’s degrees from Harvard and Yale, Ed’s professional awards include recognition from the New England Press Association and New England AP News Executives. Email:

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Fiesta Henderson Workers Narrowly Approve Nevada Union Affiliation

Fiesta Henderson Hotel & Casino is the latest Nevada Station Casinos-owned property where workers voted to affiliate with a union. By a tight margin, some 57 percent of the 295 Fiesta employees taking part… Read More

Hengqin Island Family Attraction Launches Across from Macau Gambling Hub

A National Geographic child-focused entertainment site launched this week on Hengqin Island’s Novotown district, about five miles from Macau. US gaming experts disagree on whether the Chinese initiative will succeed, given the region’s gambling… Read More

Many Chinese Nationals Leave Cambodia after Online Gambling Ban Imposed

Up to 120,000 Chinese nationals may have exited Cambodia during the two weeks following an Aug. 18 online gambling ban, with the exodus likely tied to the prohibition, Cambodian officials claim. But American experts… Read More

Illinois Casino Queen Patron Sues Following Robbery Injuries

East St. Louis Illinois venue Casino Queen was sued last month by a customer who allegedly suffered injuries while escaping over a wall after bandits shot up the venue during a hold-up two years… Read More

Saganing Eagles Landing Casino To Celebrate Expansion as Other Michigan Tribal Operator Faces Opposition

Michigan Saganing Eagles Landing Casino will mark a two-year, multi-million dollar expansion — including a new hotel and additional slots — with an opening event Friday. The Saginaw Chippewa Indian Tribe property — located… Read More

South Dakota Casino High-Wire Man Crashes Through Ceiling to Avoid Cops (Spoiler Alert: It Doesn’t Work)

Rapid City, South Dakota’s tiny Rushmore Casino saw a bad bet Wednesday morning by a man who was reportedly evading police, although they weren’t even looking for him. Sean Granlund, 33, tried to hide… Read More

Indiana Man Charged With Running Bookmaking Scheme Involving $17M in Bets

An Indiana sports wagering operation where gamblers placed more than $17 million in bets since 2016 has led to the arrest of one suspect just as the Hoosier state begins to offer legal athletic… Read More

Alberta Grand Villa Casino Edmonton ‘Temporarily’ Cuts Back To Four Days a Week

Grand Villa Casino Edmonton is cutting back its gaming floor hours to four days a week due to a “weak economy” and inadequate transportation infrastructure in the Canadian city, according to a company statement…. Read More

Martha’s Vineyard Casino Site to Get Safety Improvements as Legal Battle Continues

The Wampanoag Tribe of Gay Head this week will start securing the construction site for a future bingo hall on Martha’s Vineyard after reaching an agreement with the town of Aquinnah. The Martha’s Vineyard… Read More

Ameristar Casino Banned Gambler Cannot Collect Jackpot in Iowa

Ameristar Casino Hotel in Council Bluffs, Iowa has refused to pay a gambler after she won $1,733 from a penny slot machine because she was on a list of banned patrons. Tamara Bean of… Read More

Encounter at New York-New York Casino Leads to Las Vegas Kidnapping, Sex Assault Allegation

A 37-year-old man — described as a second-tier high roller — was in custody Friday for allegedly sexually assaulting and kidnapping a woman in Las Vegas last month who he had met a short… Read More

China Police Arrest 36 Suspects Involved with 810,000-Member Gambling Operation

Some 36 suspects have been apprehended in China’s Zhejiang Province in connection with a massive online gambling ring. The bust involved approximately $75.8 million and about 810,000 members, officials announced on Thursday. The operation… Read More

Prairie Meadows Casino Fined Again for Underage Gambling in Iowa

Prairie Meadows Racetrack and Casino was fined $20,000 — for the second straight year — after Iowa authorities said an underage patron was gambling and drinking alcohol on the gaming floor in Altoona. On… Read More

Saracen Casino Wants to Allow Arkansas Patrons a Cigarette Puff in Pine Bluff

Saracen Casino Resort wants to be excluded from a Pine Bluff, Arkansas city ordinance that requires smoke-free workplaces. The venue likely opens there next year. The Pine Bluff City Council will review next week… Read More

Illinois Sports Betting Could Soon Be Allowed Where Many Lottery Tickets Are Sold

Illinois may soon offer limited sports betting where lottery tickets are sold under a temporary pilot program that experts predict could be copied in other states. Under a program that has yet to launch,… Read More